The first time I use my pc during the day it boots up fine, however, if I was to switch off the pc for say 20mins, the next time I try to boot up it tends to hang at the XP splash screen and I have to leave it unplugged for an hour or two before I can use the pc again. Although it doesn't happen all the time it is becoming more frequent and is becoming a real pain. The pc is only 18 months old and I use a surge protection device. Anyone had similar problems in the past?
Take the side off the pc's case and check that the cpu/graphics card/psu and any case fans run when it is switched on.Should any not work then you need a replacement and overheating is the probable cause. If they all work ok then shut down the computer and unplug from the mains supply.Remove the ram memory then refit it and do the same with the graphics card(if it is a seperate card).Check that the IDE ribbon cables(or SATA if that's what you have) are fully pushed into the motherboard/hard drive and cd/dvd drives.Reboot and see if things have improved......Connections can become loose over time so it's a good idea to do this even if you discover a dodgy fan.
If this fails then woodchip may be right and the psu might be on the way out.
Thank for the suggestions folks but all the fans are running, i've tried running the pc with the side panel off and have removed all the components and leads and reseated them but problem still persists. I'm not the brightest with pc's but would the pc actually come on at all if there was a problem with the psu? Just asking before i spend money on a new one.
Yes it can. But it may be on it's way out, this can cause all kinds of weird things. It sounds like a Component that's overheating. It is a hardware problem and nothing to do with windows as Windows does not even start